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Program Director: Susan Hildenbrand
Office: RCW 108
Phone: (585) 385-7297

M.S. in Special Education: Childhood Dual Initial Certification

This program prepares non-certified graduate candidates who are pursuing childhood initial certification and certification to teach students with disabilities at the same developmental level and results in the Master of Science in Special Education. (42 credits)

M.S. in Special Education: Childhood Dual Initial Certification Degree Requirements

Please Note: The Graduate Catalog contains the most current M.S. in Special Education: Childhood program requirements, including course descriptions.


Course Name

Credit Hours

GCED 522

Research in Teaching, Learning, and Motivation in Childhood Education


GCED 525

Critical Literacy Through Social Studies


GCED 531

Field Experience I (50 Hours)


GCED 532

Field Experience II (50 Hours)


GEDU 501

Issues in Health and Safety


GEDU 520

History and Philosophy of Education


GEDU 526

Diversity, Social Justice, and Schooling


GMST 535

Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction in Mathematics, Science, and Technology


GRDG 535

Literacy Instruction for the Inclusive Classroom: Primary


GRDG 550

Literacy Instruction for the Inclusive Classroom: Intermediate


GSED 501

Inclusive Education in Today's Schools


GSED 502

Methods and Strategies for Teaching Students in the Inclusive Classroom


GSED 508

Behavior Management in the Inclusive Classroom: Childhood


GSED 515

Educational Technology (Birth - Grade 6)


GSED 516

Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation of Students in the Inclusive Classroom


GSED 555

Fieldwork III (50 Hours)


GSED 585

Student Teaching Seminar: Special Education and Childhood


GSED 590

Student Teaching: Special Education and Childhood



Total credit hours:


Field Experiences and Student Teaching

Field experiences are required for certification and the master's degree. Candidates must complete 150 hours of field work before student teaching. Student teaching is full-time for 14 weeks and includes two placements - one as a special education teacher and one as a general education teacher in Grades 1-6. One placement will be at the primary level and another will be at the intermediate level. One of the placements will be in a high-needs school.

To qualify for student teaching, candidates must:

  • Complete all degree requirements with the exception of GCED 522.
  • Complete all New York State teacher certification examinations.

New York State Requirements: Childhood Certificates

Candidates who are seeking the Childhood and Special Education Certificates must have an adequate knowledge base for teaching to the New York State Learning Standards. This includes coursework in Humanities; Communication; Written Analysis and Expression; History; Social Sciences; Languages Other Than English (LOTE); Scientific Process; Mathematical Process; Health; Physical Education; Family and Consumer Sciences; and Artistic Expression. Transcripts are reviewed prior to admission to determine adequate preparation for the program. Candidates with inadequate preparation will be required to take additional coursework prior to student teaching.

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